Dem rips Trump over Russia sanctions contradiction: 'Get your act together'

Dem rips Trump over Russia sanctions contradiction: 'Get your act together'
© Greg Nash

Sen. Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezCNN anchors break into laughter over comedian's alleged prank call to Trump Comedian claims he tricked Trump while impersonating Dem senator Schumer: Obama 'very amenable' to helping Senate Dems in midterms MORE (D-N.J.), the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpReporters defend CNN's Acosta after White House says he 'disrespected' Trump with question Security costs of Trump visit to Scotland sparks outrage among Scottish citizens Ex-CIA officer: Prosecution of Russians indicted for DNC hack 'ain't ever going to happen' MORE for appearing to backtrack on a remark from U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyUS turned to threats to fight breastfeeding resolution: report Former UN envoys urge Pompeo to restore funding for Palestinian aid agency Trump congratulates McMaster, Donovan on primary wins MORE that the administration would announce new Russia sanctions on Monday. 

“UN Amb @NikkiHaley said Russia sanctions were coming today. Now WH says theyre not sure? The reversal is astounding,” Menendez wrote on Twitter.

“Either Pres.Trump doesn't think we need more action or they cant handle a simple rollout announcement. Mr. President, get your act together. What's the strategy?” 

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Haley said during a Sunday show interview that the U.S. on Monday would announce sanctions targeting Russia for its support of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

"Russia sanctions will be coming down. [Treasury] Secretary [Steven] Mnuchin will be announcing those on Monday if he hasn't already, and they will be going directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to Assad and chemical weapons use," Haley told CBS News's "Face the Nation."

But White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders struck a different tone on Monday.

“We are considering additional sanctions on Russia and a decision will be made in the near future,” Sanders said, according to the White House pool.

The U.S. has blamed Assad for an apparent chemical weapon attack earlier this month in the rebel-held Syrian city of Douma. Meanwhile, Trump has implicated both Iran and Russia, two countries that have provided the Syrian government with both political and military support throughout the country’s civil war.

“Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria. Area of atrocity is in lockdown and encircled by Syrian Army, making it completely inaccessible to outside world,” Trump said earlier this month.

“President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad.”